Carla Hinton
Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.

Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."

Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter

Top Stories

  • The Five: Quintet being ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Oklahoma represents upward trend

    By Carla HintonReligion Editor,, Religion Editor, | Updated: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will ordain five seminarians to the Roman Catholic priesthood Saturday, heralding an upswing in priestly ordinations. Archdiocesan leaders said the archdiocese hasn’t ordained that many priests at one time since 1991.

  • Billy Graham's evangelist daughter urges crowd to stand up for faith

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Billy Graham’s evangelist daughter Anne Graham Lotz challenged and comforted the crowd attending the Night of Praise and Worship event on Tuesday at the Church of God Convention at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Faith in summer: Oklahoma City metro-area churches keep kids busy

    BY CARLA HINTON | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Faith in the summer Outreach and ministry activities tend to be more creative as the warm weather lures people outdoors, and young people, in particular, have plenty of time to spend learning about their faith. For that reason, we are highlighting the many ways faith reaches out in the summer in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Oklahoma City school to host music festival in First Christian Church amphitheater

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Harding Fine Arts Academy will host the Hawkstock 2014 Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater on the grounds of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, 3700 N Walker Ave.

  • Can't get enough blackberries ...

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    In 2000, I was editor of The Oklahoman’s Community (Metro) section and I had a column that I frequently used to share some tidbits of community news. On one of my adventures for a column, I ended up at a farm where blackberries were grown. It called to mind an anecdote my grandmother had told me […]

  • Church looks back on rich heritage of faith to mark 125th anniversary

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an Anniversary Mass and Dinner on Tuesday at 900 S Littler.

  • Concert alert

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    There are a bunch of  Christian concerts in the next few months, starting with Sidewalk Prophets (pictured) on Monday, June 23 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Here’s a list of several concerts: Monday, June 23, Sidewalk Prophets, 7 p.m. at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Tickets: $10. Information: This event is part of the Church of […]

  • Church group partners to offer free meals for Oklahoma City-area youths

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    The Urban Initiatives program of the Church of God in Christ Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer free meals for youths at various churches and other Oklahoma City-area sites.

  •'s new Britton & Broadway campus opening in July

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Just drove past the site where’s newest metro campus is being constructed and noticed a sign on the building that says it will open in July. I can’t help seeing the new church take shape since it is literally right across the Broadway Extension from The Oklahoman’s offices near the corner of Britton Road […]

  • Women of Faith conference headed to OKC in August

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    There’s a certain point in the summer or fall when people working or visting downtown Oklahoma City start to see huge crowds of women making their way to the Cox Convention Center. The large crowds of women, often wearing colorful T-shirts, converge on downtown for the Women of Faith conference. The popular conference ministry is […]

  • Feed The Children launches new logo and vision and introduces new food programs for Oklahoma City and New Orleans

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Kevin Hagan, chief executive officer of Feed The Children, said the Oklahoma City-based relief organization has been working for two years to “rebrand” and “revision” how it seeks to reduce food insecurity in America and around the world.

  • Church of God to host annual conference in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    The Church of God faith movement based in Anderson, Ind., will host its annual conference in Oklahoma City for the first time June 23-26 at Crossings Community Church.

  • Like father, like son: Minister and his dad work together on new church for south Oklahoma City congregation

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Father-son duo Rick and the Rev. Bryon Akerman are leading a project to create a new house of worship for Bryon Akerman’s congregation called the Church of Acts in south Oklahoma City.

  • Faith-themed films are included at deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Faith-themed films “Sewing Hope” and “Light From the Darkroom” are included at deadCenter Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.

  • Vacation Bible school listing for the coming week ... and beyond

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The weekly Vacation Bible school did not get in the print edition of Saturday’s (June 14) paper so I’m sharing it via the blog with the hope that those wondering which churches are offering the traditional summer Bible school events will see it. Vacation Bible schools Bible school events are scheduled as follows. Activities are free unless […]

  • Mass appeal: Catholic parish in Oklahoma live streams services

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Christ the King Catholic Church in Nichols Hills has become the first Catholic parish in Oklahoma to live stream its Mass services.

  • Oklahoma-based ministry's single moms conference to mark 10th anniversary

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Survive ’N’ Thrive Single Moms Conference, presented by Edmond-based Arise Ministries, marks its 10th anniversary June 20-21 at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' Bible headed to book stores this fall

    Carla Hinton | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” will be released in October, Thomas Nelson publishers announced today. I know that many Oklahomans are interested in the hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” so I thought this news might be of interest. Late last year, I received a slew of emails and mail when I asked readers if A&E, […]

  • El Sistema Oklahoma youth orchestra prepares to expand

    By Carla Hinton, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The El Sistema Oklahoma youth orchestra program will expand to include 100 additional students next year, the organization’s executive director said recently.

  • Return to China: Former orphan plans journey to her birthplace to aid children

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Abbey Grace White, a Deer Creek area resident, plans to return to her native China to help children who are orphans just as she was years ago.

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Carla Hinton Wed, Aug. 13 2014 04:21:22 PM CST @bannevh @OKRelig Thanks! Keep in touch. I know the new school year has begun. Perhaps there's a story to share about praying moms.
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 12 2014 07:32:37 PM CST @bannevh Thsnk you so much!
Carla Hinton Tue, Aug. 12 2014 05:50:18 PM CST Rolling away the stone of mental illness: Carla HintonBefore you read this post, please know that I did not co... LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Aug. 11 2014 08:20:23 PM CST RT @YNB: In light of what I'm hearing... The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is: 800-273-8255 #YouAreNotReallyAlone #ThereIsHope #Depr…
Carla Hinton Sat, Aug. 09 2014 06:02:49 PM CST You could call it "Love & Basketball" -- a NE OKC church has a lot of love for young hoopers. Check it out in the Sunday Oklahoman.
Carla Hinton Fri, Aug. 01 2014 05:55:04 PM CST @lancelang @annielobert Sure! She was a great interview.
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 31 2014 08:55:15 PM CST Just saw a trailer for an Adult Swim show " Black Jesus" coming to TV this fall ... I have no words. #PeopleHaveTooMuchTimeOnTheir Hands
Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 26 2014 09:58:31 AM CST Community minded folks are busy this sunny morning. I'll enjoy sharing their story. It's coming soon... LINK
Carla Hinton Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:29:22 AM CST RT @BAMOK: Love @reba's new #prayforpeace video and song! LINK
Carla Hinton Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:18:08 AM CST I loved James Garner in his movies w/Doris Day & "Support Your Local Sheriff." Can't forget "The Notebook" my fav binge watch. #RIPMaverick
Carla Hinton Thu, Jul. 17 2014 06:24:23 PM CST OK I don't drink at all -- teetotaler, that's me. If I did drink, I'd have a pina colada right about now. It's been one of those days. #Busy
Carla Hinton Sat, Jul. 12 2014 02:53:18 PM CST RT @RELEVANT: In case you missed it, here's the first trailer for Ridley Scott's 'Exodus', starring Christian Bale as Moses. LINK
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 10:29:27 AM CST @tiffany_cooper @The_Jazzinater Thanks! I figured I might as well keep her!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 09:42:00 AM CST RT @QSBCMissions: Today get your "Where was God?" tickets for the 7:20 pm showing at AMC. They are $5 at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Go t…
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 09:02:34 AM CST @bobbyross I know, right?!
Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 11 2014 08:57:42 AM CST Happy 20th Birthday @The_Jazzinater!!!! You have kept me on the ball for 20 years! Have a great day! LINK